Every registered voter in Colorado will receive a ballot in the mail.
Every registered voter in Colorado will receive a ballot in the mail.
A prominent statistic cited by those concerned about election fraud — that millions of ballots have supposedly gone missing over the last several years — is misleading and exaggerated, the top election official in Washington state said in an interview. “Not everyone chooses to return a ballot,” said Kim Wyman, Washington's secretary of state. As part of his ongoing effort to undermine confidence in the legitimacy of the presidential election, President Trump has referenced conservative media reports that millions of mail-in ballots routinely disappear.
A Minnesota judge cited safety concerns as he issued new conditions of release for an ex-Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd that would allow him to live in a neighboring state while he awaits trial. Derek Chauvin posted $1 million bond on Wednesday and was allowed to walk free from the maximum security state prison where he had been held for his safety since shortly after his arrest. Floyd died after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd's neck for several minutes even after the handcuffed Black man pleaded for air before his death May 25.
A Fox News Media representative told Business Insider that Hill was never paid to appear. Fox News has said it has "no intention of booking" a frequent guest after he tweeted a misogynistic attack on Kamala Harris during the vice-presidential debate, The Daily Beast reported. During Harris' debate with Vice President Mike Pence, Hill wrote: "Kamala Harris comes off as such an insufferable lying bitch.
An Iranian diplomat charged in Belgium with planning to bomb a meeting of an exiled Iranian opposition group in France warned authorities of possible retaliation by unidentified groups if he is found guilty, according to a police document. Belgian prosecutors charged Vienna-based Assadolah Assadi in Oct. 2018 and three others with planning an attack that year on a rally of the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) attended by high profile former U.S., European and Arab officials. Assadi, who goes on trial on Nov. 27, was the third counsellor at Iran's embassy in Vienna.
A picture of former President Barack Obama holding a little girl in his lap has become the subject of various social media claims suggesting the girl was victimized. The term has origins in QAnon conspiracy theories, according to a Twitter hashtag, and is an apparent combination of "pedophile" and "carnivore." In it, a girl is pictured on a boat with Obama and actor, George Clooney.
That has less to do with what Biden has done than with what he has managed to avoid, namely terrifying an already-addled nation with the sense of a West Wing in utter disarray, unwilling to answer simple questions about when the president first learned that he was sick or what the White House Medical Unit is doing to keep others in the building safe. At the moment, Biden is teaching a master class on letting your opponent's candidacy self-destruct,” tweeted David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report, which analyzes congressional races.
A Harvard University professor charged with hiding his ties to a Chinese-run recruitment program sued the Ivy League school on Friday over its refusal to pay his legal defense costs, accusing it of “turning its back on a dedicated faculty member." Charles Lieber, who was chair of the department of chemistry and chemical biology, was arrested in January at his office on campus and charged in federal court with lying about his involvement in China's Thousand Talents Plan, a program designed to lure people with knowledge of foreign technology and intellectual property to China. Lieber's attorney, Marc Mukasey, has promised to mount a vigorous defense and has said that “when justice is done, Charlie's good name will be restored.”
Google faces a new headache over what, if anything, it should pay for news. On Thursday (October 8) a French court ruled that the search giant would have to talk to publishers in the country about paying for their content. And the ruling may reverberate beyond France.
Sri Lanka's president asked a visiting delegation led by a senior Chinese diplomat on Friday to assist him in disproving a perception that China-funded megaprojects are “debt traps” aimed at gaining influence in local affairs. President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa made the request to the delegation led by Yang Jiechi, a Communist Party Politburo member and former foreign minister. China considers the Indian Ocean island nation to be a critical link in its massive “Belt and Road" global infrastructure building initiative and has provided billions of dollars in loans for Sri Lankan projects over the past decade.
New polls released after the Wednesday debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris show who Americans think came out on top. The 90-minute vice presidential debate touched on several topics — including the environment, race and the Supreme Court — and hinged largely on the coronavirus pandemic. Though some of the moderator's questions went unanswered by the candidates, the debate overall included far fewer interruptions and broken rules than last week's presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Political rifts have caused Americans to clash on the severity of the coronavirus and how to handle the pandemic — even among those who've been infected by the virus. Even as more than 210,000 Americans have died from the virus and the president himself has contracted it, arguments about the coronavirus continue to play out across the country over mask mandates, lockdowns, and business restrictions. We spoke to two women on opposite sides of the political spectrum, both of whom survived COVID-19 this year, to see how the virus has impacted their lives and their choice in the 2020 election.
Germany's foreign minister has said that Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn should not be conducting politics from the European country, where he spends much of his time. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas responded to a question by a Greens member of parliament in the Bundestag on Wednesday at a time that King Vajiralongkorn's monarchy faces unprecedented calls for reform from protesters in Thailand. "We have made it clear that politics concerning Thailand should not be conducted from German soil," Maas told parliament.
Travellers to Italy are facing chaos after being told they can't use NHS tests to meet a new requirement to prove they don't have the virus on entering the country, and also learning some Italian airports are only offering the service nine to five. The plans of people with holidays already booked to the mediterranean country were thrown into disarray earlier this week when Italian health minister Roberto Speranza announced they would need to have a negative within 72 hours of arrival. The confusion was compounded when the Foreign Office advised that travelers would not be able to use the NHS testing system to satisfy the requirement.
Hours before a second scheduled debate between U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison, event organizers changed the format to back-to-back, one-on-one interviews following a day of campaign clashes over COVID-19 that stirred doubts of whether the matchup would go on at all. On its website, WSPA-TV, the station hosting the event, said Friday afternoon that Graham and Harrison “will each take part in individual interviews” that evening and answer questions from a moderator and panelists. Harrison had threatened to tank the debate, scheduled for 7 p.m. in Spartanburg, over concerns related to Graham's exposure to other GOP senators who have recently tested positive for COVID-19.
The 2012 homicide of a Florida Keys man is no longer a cold case awaiting resolution, police said Friday. Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay announced the arrest of Hugh Timothy Blanton, 54, and charged him with the murder of 65-year-old Ronald Silvia on Big Pine Key. Blanton was arrested Friday by Daytona Beach police on charges of first-degree murder and arson and booked into the Volusia County jail.
The White House really doesn't want to reveal last time President Trump tested negative for COVID-19. While the White House insists Trump first tested positive for the coronavirus a week ago, late on Oct. 1, that test only came after he had reportedly been showing symptoms of the virus. Reporters have since been trying and failing to get an answer on just when Trump last tested negative, including MSNBC's Hallie Jackson, who pressed White House Deputy Press Secretary Brian Morgenstern six times for an answer on Friday.
Representative Dan Crenshaw is facing off against Democrat Sima Ladjevardian in Texas' 2nd Congressional District. Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL and a prominent rising star in Republican politics, is seeking a second term running against Ladjevardian, an attorney and Democratic political strategist. Texas' 2nd District, located in the Houston area, heavily favors Republicans but has shown signs of trending towards Democrats in the past several cycles.
Spain's government declared a state of emergency in Madrid on Friday, wresting control of efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19 from local authorities in a region that is experiencing one of Europe's most significant coronavirus outbreaks. The step, which took immediate effect and lasts for two weeks, forced Madrid authorities to restore restrictions on travel that had been introduced by the national government but were struck down the previous day by a Madrid court ruling. That successful legal challenge by Madrid officials was part of a long quarrel between the country's main political parties over their coronavirus response.
Debate officials have changed the format of a debate between Lindsey Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison to instead consist of separate candidate interviews. The change was reportedly prompted by officials after Mr Harrison declined to participate unless the Republican incumbent took a coronavirus test, which he reportedly declined. Both candidates will participate in separate 30-minute interviews hosted by television station WSPA on Friday.
Top U.S. infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Thursday that President Donald Trump's health was likely helped by an experimental therapy made by Regeneron Inc in which he received antibodies to fight the disease. "There is a reasonably good chance that in fact it made him much better," Fauci said during an interview on MSNBC. Fauci also said that the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 210,000 people in the United States and 1 million people globally, is far more serious than the seasonal flu.